J A N U A R Y 1 9 9 5
TVby Rodney Jones
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All the preachers claiming it was Satan--
And now the first sets seem more venerable
Than Abraham or Williamsburg
Or the avant-garde, but then nothing,
Not even the bomb, had ever looked so new,
After church, probably it would not last,
And Korea and Little Rock long past,
Burning late at night, and the recentness
Arrived in the van from the furniture store
The guy wires before taking it in the door,
A little fuzzy, a ghost picture, but something
Rodney Jones teaches creative writing at Southern Illinois University at Carbondale. He is the author of several books, the most recent of which is Apocalyptic Narrative and Other Poems (1993).
Copyright © 1995 by The Atlantic Monthly Company. All rights reserved.
The Atlantic Monthly; January 1995; TV; Volume 275, No. 1; page 52.